Biographies & Memoirs

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  • Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath

    Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Mimi Alford
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Random House (2012, Apr 3rd).
    Pages:   208

    In the summer of 1962, nineteen-year-old Mimi Beardsley arrived by train in Washington, D.C., to begin an internship in the White House press office. The Kennedy Administration had reinvigorated the capital and the country—and Mimi was eager to contribute. For a young woman from a privileged but sheltered upbringing, the job was the chance of a lifetime. Although she started as a lowly intern, Mimi made an impression on Kennedy’s inner circle and, after just three days at the White House, she was presented to the President himself.   Almost immediately, the two began an affair that would continue for the next eighteen months.   In an era when women in the workplace were still considered “girls,” Mimi was literally a girl herself—naïve, innocent, emotionally unprepared for the thrill that came when the President’s charisma and power were turned on her full-force. more

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  • Four Feet Tall and Rising: A Memoir

    Four Feet Tall and Rising: A Memoir

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Shorty Rossi
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Crown Archetype (2012, Jan 17th).
    Pages:   272

    Luigi Francis Shorty Rossi, the tough-talking, fedora-wearing star of Animal Planet’s hit show Pit Boss, may stand only four feet tall but that hasn’t stopped him from living large, becoming a successful businessman and an outspoken advocate for pit bulls, the most misunderstood breed of dog in the world. A third generation dwarf, ex-gang member, and ex-con, Shorty knows what it’s like to be misunderstood and in this candid memoir, he shares his personal story for the first time. No one expected Shorty to live let alone succeed, and yet he has, overcoming every challenge, from an abusive home to the violent streets and gangs of South Central LA, to the notorious cell blocks of Folsom Prison where he was imprisoned for attempted murder. more

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